Liverpool’s ongoing desire to land a star striker has come full circle with Mario Balotelli once again in the frame.
The AC Milan striker was heavily linked with a move to Anfield in July after Reds boss Brendan Rodgers described the mercurial former Manchester City man as a “big talent” ahead of the Champions cup clash between the two clubs in the USA.
However Rodgers later denied an interest in the Italian striker and the rumour died until now that is.
Following high profile reported failures to sign Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao, Calcio Mercato are reporting that a move for Balotelli is back on the agenda for Liverpool.
The Premier League side are reportedly ready to offer £17 million for the player, just £2.9 million below the amount Milan are believed to be holding out for.
Milan are ready to offload the sometimes controversial forward and have lined up Torino forward Alessio Cerci for €18 million as his replacement.
Balotelli is a modern day enigma in that despite scoring 26 goals in 43 games he is a player that the club are happy to offload, a stark reminder of the headlines his off-field antics provide.
That said, Balotelli is one of the game’s most natural goal-scorers and one that Brendan Rodgers would be confident of taming and focusing his talent, given the progress he made with Luis Suarez.
The Uruguay emerged as one of the world biggest strikers under the tutelage of Rodgers, earning a move to Barcelona after impressing at Anfield.
Rickie Lambert was signed by the club earlier in the summer and while the forward Southampton forward is an astute acquisition, one that when up and running will add value, he is not considered an adequate replacement for Suarez hence the push to sign a big name forward.
Given his previous experience in the Premier League, Balotelli would represent the big name the club require and his arrival would certainly make the league a more interesting place.
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